Copyright educationInternational Copyright Guide Select a subject... All subjects Purpose of copyright Copyright protection and duration Copyright types and exceptions Copyright permissions International collective copyright licencing Copyright regulations in Europe International copyright treaties In general, copyright is a form of legal protection given to content creators through the assignment of specific rights to works that qualify for protection. The main goals of copyright are To encourage the development of culture, science, and innovation To provide a financial benefit to copyright holders for their works To facilitate access to knowledge and entertainment for the public. Copyright provides a framework for relationships between the different players in the content industries, as well as for relationships between rightsholders and the consumers of content. Copyright is a form of Intellectual Property, along with trademarks and patents in all countries, and other creations (such as trade secrets, database rights, rights of publicity, and the like) that may vary from country to country. Global copyright Copyright is a creation of law in each country, and therefore there is no such thing as an international copyright law. Nevertheless, nearly 180 countries have ratified a treaty – the Berne Convention, administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – that sets a minimum set of standards for the protection of the rights of the creators of copyrighted works around the world. In addition, there have been efforts to harmonize copyright law in Europe and other regions. The differences in national copyright laws, however, can represent a challenge for global organizations with employees working in different countries and sharing content across boundaries. For more information, continue reading or download our infographic on international copyright basics. Learn more Copyright policy by country Copyright law, however, can vary from country to country, which can make copyright difficult to navigate. our resources helps to navigate copyright basics by country. Copyright certificate courses Our certificate courses provide guidance and tools to understand copyright challenges. Whether you are responsible for managing compliance and ethics, obtaining permissions, organizing your organization’s various license agreements, or managing content, our programs will help to navigate the complex world of copyright.